Then sophomores Alex Joiner, Jorge Martinez-Blat, Nick Peterson and Justin Bucher, who lived in the suite, had been playing music with their friend Quinton Grady, but neighbors complained of the noise so many times that they had to move their project into the suite bathroom, which they named the SkyCloud.
Now, two years later and all seniors, the group has adopted the bathroom’s nickname as their official name, and SkyCloud will release its first EP on May 7.
“The funny thing was that we never really tried to make it a thing,” said Joiner, a communications studies major, guitarist and the self-declared band master and commander.
“It was just like ... ‘Oh wait, the people below us hate the music that we’re playing, let’s go play in the bathroom.’”
Junior year the group started practicing more seriously when two of the members lived in a house in Carrboro.
“The developments of the songs as a whole have come a long way since we first wrote them,” said Martinez-Blat, a biomedical engineering major and the bass guitarist.
“We’ll play jams, and this goes on for months at a time ... So it kind of like matures the more we jam on it.”
Joiner said the group started recording its music when he began an independent study in audio production in the fall. He said he enjoyed it so much that he continued into the spring to finish the six-song EP. But the past year hasn’t been easy, because recording is new for this group of perfectionists.